Huntsville, AL

The Huntsville City School Board opened its meetings with a prayer from a board member or school-district employee. The Huntsville City Schools also held an annual, mandatory in-service meeting for district employees, inviting clergy to open the meeting with a sectarian prayer. AU wrote to the school district, objecting to both practices and requesting that the district discontinue the prayers. Our complainant informs us that the prayers at school-board meetings have been replaced by a moment of contemplation, and that a similar policy will be put into effect for the annual in-service meeting. AU will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the in-service meeting does not open with a prayer in 2009.